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American Colony Hotel :: Jerusalem, Israel

May 16, 2010 by  
Category: Hotels

Reserve a Room at The American Colony in Jerusalem, Israel

Welcome to Utopia! That was the greeting that met the ears of many early visitors to the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel. This stunning boutique hotel within walking distance of many of the major sites in the Old City of Jerusalem has been welcoming guests for over a century. It was originally the lavish manor home of Pasha Rabbah Daoud Amin Effendi and his four wives, however after passing away in 1895 and leaving no heir it was soon purchased by two high minded Americans. Anna and Horatio Spafford left Chicago for the Holy Land in order to start a new peaceful settlement and eventually a utopian society. Later joined by some Swedish Christians, the American Colony commune welcomed all people and all faiths in a corner of the world often known for its separatism. Within this spirit, they also welcomed a rich traveler and his international guests in 1902. Shortly thereafter, the buildings purpose was shifted from home to hotel and it has been wowing visitors ever since.

To be sure, the American Colony Hotel was never just a house. With 86 guest rooms in three spectacular buildings, it’s clear that the Pasha intended this place to be a palace. The architecture is classic 1800s Ottoman style with majestic flourishes abounding. Room options are also obviously meant to cater to a more royal clientele. Their “basic” room is anything but, exuding pure luxury. Big comfortable beds, sizable layouts, and lovely furnishings are all as warm and welcoming as the staff. For those looking for a truly royal experience, Suite #6 is the place for you. The Pasha had this room specially constructed for his fourth wife and he made it apparent that he was trying to dazzle and spoil her. Everything has been painstakingly restored to its original brilliance boasting decorated ceilings, a magnificent courtyard view, and a fantastic four poster canopy bed. Amenities available to every guest include a gorgeous heated outdoor pool, laundry services, on site dental and medical care, a gift/antique shop that will blow your mind (along with your paycheck), and even a complementary welcome drink.

The American Colony Hotel is definitely a place to see and be seen. Notable guests include Marc Chagall, Lawrence of Arabia, Tony Blair, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan. Even Richard Gere has been known to frequent the hotel’s lush gardens and walkways. This is the kind of place you don’t leave your room unless you’re dressed to impress. But not to worry, there are plenty of places to go. Check out any one of their five amazing restaurants and bars. Val’s Brasserie Lounge is among the favorites serving both delicious local and international fare to the great enjoyment of the diners. The grand history and heritage of the American Colony Hotel are matched only by its grandiose beauty and world class service. Any one lucky enough to be able to visit the ancient and mystical city of Jerusalem should seek out a room at this seriously fantastic hotel. It’s a destination you will always remember.

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Chris Blecha is an email marketing specialist who loves to spend his free time gallivanting about the world.

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